Howard Chaykin: Conversations

Edited by Brannon Costello

304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index

978-1-60473-975-6 Printed casebinding $40.00S

978-1-62846-177-0 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $40.00

Paper, $30.00

"The reality is that I don't feel like doing more complex material is stepping away from my original goals of being an entertainer."

One of the most distinctive voices in mainstream comics since the 1970s, Howard Chaykin (b. 1950) has earned a reputation as a visionary formal innovator and a compelling storyteller whose comics offer both pulp-adventure thrills and thoughtful engagement with real-world politics and culture. His body of work is defined by the belief that comics can be a vehicle for sophisticated adult entertainment and for narratives that utilize the medium's unique properties to explore serious themes with intelligence and wit.

Beginning with early interviews in fanzines and concluding with a new interview conducted in 2010 with the volume's editor, Howard Chaykin: Conversations collects widely ranging discussions from Chaykin's earliest days as an assistant for such legends as Gil Kane and Wallace Wood to his recent work on titles including Dominic Fortune, Challengers of the Unknown, and American Century. The book includes thirty-five line illustrations selected from Chaykin, as well. As a writer/artist for outlets such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Heavy Metal, he has participated in and influenced many of the major developments in mainstream comics over the past four decades. He was an early pioneer in the graphic novel format in the 1970s, and his groundbreaking sci-fi satire American Flagg! was an essential contribution to the maturation of the comic book as a vehicle for social commentary in the 1980s.

Brannon Costello, Saint Gabriel, Louisiana, is associate professor of English at Louisiana State University, and the author of Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction, 1945-1971. His work has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly; Southern Quarterly; Southern Literary Journal; Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction; and African American Review.

Mr. Chaykin retracts his statement about Jeff Rovin on pages 182 and 183 of the book Howard Chaykin: Conversations. University Press of Mississippi regrets that the original retraction was inadvertently overlooked when originally preparing this volume. Books purchased after 12.9.2014 and eBooks purchased after 1.1.2015 reflect this retraction properly.

304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w illustrations, introduction, chronology, index